12/26/17 – Day in the Country

This Day in Country Music History, December 26
Capitol releases Trace Adkins’ “You’re Gonna Miss This” to radio
Willie Nelson and Lee Ann Womack shoot the music video to “Mendocino County Line” in Austin, Texas
Johnny Cash is hailed on CBS-TV’s “The Kennedy Center Honors.” Rosanne Cash sings “I Walk The Line” and delivers “I’ll Fly Away” with Emmylou Harris, Kris Kristofferson and Lyle Lovett
Vince Gill’s “Don’t Let Our Love Start Slippin’ Away” rides to #1 on the Billboard country singles chart
MCA releases George Strait’s “Baby’s Gotten Good At Goodbye”
Alabama’s “Love In The First Degree” tops the Billboard country singles chart
Jim McBride quits his job at the post office in Huntsville, Alabama, to become a Nashville songwriter. He amasses such credits as Alan Jackson’s “Chattahoochee,” Tammy Cochran’s “Angels In Waiting” and Waylon Jennings’ “Rose In Paradise”
Ronnie Milsap moves from Georgia to Nashville to take a job at the King Of The Road Motor Inn. His first-night set list includes a song destined to become one of his first hits: “Please Don’t Tell Me How The Story Ends”
“Rose Garden” brings Lynn Anderson her first #1 single on the Billboard country chart
Keyboard player Bob Carpenter is born in Philadelphia. A member of The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band beginning in 1978, he’s with them when they reach their commercial peak in the 1980s, turning out such hits as “Fishin’ In The Dark” and “Modern Day Romance”